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About the Book Every success story has its price to pay. So did Shatrughan Sinha (SS) who achieved the impossible twice over. The youngest and the most pampered in a family of academics and doctors where four sons were named after the four brothers of the Ramayan, SS stood out defiantly different. He was born for applause and the limelight; he was besotted with Raj Kapoor About the Book Every success story has its price to pay. So did Shatrughan Sinha (SS) who achieved the impossible twice over. The youngest and the most pampered in a family of academics and doctors where four sons were named after the four brothers of the Ramayan, SS stood out defiantly different. He was born for applause and the limelight; he was besotted with Raj Kapoor and cinema. In the face of stiff opposition from disciplinarian father Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha, mother Shyama Devi’s chhutka bauwa (little darling) set out for the Film Institute of India (now FTII) in Poona. Bombay was the next logical destination. Without Kapoorian good looks or any connection with the Hindi film industry, the unknown scarface from Patna went on to create history on celluloid. In politics too, with no known surname or family to power his entry, he set a record as the first film star from India to be sworn-in as a Cabinet Minister. Quotes Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan SinhaBiography, is a rivetingly honest read that retraces the hurrahs and heartaches of India’s most popular BihariBabu. “Do not attempt to change him. Of the 1.25 crore people of India, he stands out as unique” – Amitabh Bachchan, superstar, Hindi cinema “They used to call me the Shatrughan Sinha of the South” – Rajinikanth, superstar, Tamil Nadu “I became an actor because of Shatrughan Sinha” – Chiranjeevi, superstar & Congress-I leader, Andhra Pradesh “Ours is an Eklavya-Dronacharya story. He is my guru” – Ambareesh, superstar & Minister for Housing, Karnataka “A person who joined the Jan Sangh or the BJP when it was in the Opposition, had to be gutsy. Shatrughan is” – LK Advani, Senior Leader, BJP “I would give him sanyam ki salaah (advice on patience)” – Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs “I find there’s no chaploosi (sycophancy) in him. Our doors are open 24/7 to him” – Lalu Prasad Yadav, Leader, RJD “If the Bihari Babu is hurt, the whole of Bihar is hurt” – Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar “If we had Shatrusaab on our side, we wouldn’t need anybody else on our team” – Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan About the Author Renowned columnist, critic and author Bharathi S Pradhan has written both fiction and non-fiction. Mr Bidi – the life story of an industrialist; Heartfelt: The inspirational story of Medha Jalota; Colas, Cars & Communal Harmony on secularism and Valentine Lover, an adult novel, are some of her well-received books. She scripted a documentary on Mughal-e-Azam and ideated for Balaji Telefilms. She has been Chairperson, National Awards (for best writing on cinema), and has been on the jury of diverse awards committees. She was also on the jury of the Indian Panorama of IFFI 2015. Bharathi has edited a variety of magazines and contributed to several publications that include Reader’s Digest, Mid-day, Savvy, Femina and Movie. She continues to be a Sunday columnist with The Telegraph. She lives in Mumbai with Sanjaya, her Chartered Accountant husband and Siddhesh, her son who is currently studying Law. Talking Points - The authorised biography of Shatrughan Sinha - 7 years, 37 interviews and over 200 hours of taped conversations - Photographs from the Sinha family’s private archives


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About the Book Every success story has its price to pay. So did Shatrughan Sinha (SS) who achieved the impossible twice over. The youngest and the most pampered in a family of academics and doctors where four sons were named after the four brothers of the Ramayan, SS stood out defiantly different. He was born for applause and the limelight; he was besotted with Raj Kapoor About the Book Every success story has its price to pay. So did Shatrughan Sinha (SS) who achieved the impossible twice over. The youngest and the most pampered in a family of academics and doctors where four sons were named after the four brothers of the Ramayan, SS stood out defiantly different. He was born for applause and the limelight; he was besotted with Raj Kapoor and cinema. In the face of stiff opposition from disciplinarian father Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Sinha, mother Shyama Devi’s chhutka bauwa (little darling) set out for the Film Institute of India (now FTII) in Poona. Bombay was the next logical destination. Without Kapoorian good looks or any connection with the Hindi film industry, the unknown scarface from Patna went on to create history on celluloid. In politics too, with no known surname or family to power his entry, he set a record as the first film star from India to be sworn-in as a Cabinet Minister. Quotes Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan SinhaBiography, is a rivetingly honest read that retraces the hurrahs and heartaches of India’s most popular BihariBabu. “Do not attempt to change him. Of the 1.25 crore people of India, he stands out as unique” – Amitabh Bachchan, superstar, Hindi cinema “They used to call me the Shatrughan Sinha of the South” – Rajinikanth, superstar, Tamil Nadu “I became an actor because of Shatrughan Sinha” – Chiranjeevi, superstar & Congress-I leader, Andhra Pradesh “Ours is an Eklavya-Dronacharya story. He is my guru” – Ambareesh, superstar & Minister for Housing, Karnataka “A person who joined the Jan Sangh or the BJP when it was in the Opposition, had to be gutsy. Shatrughan is” – LK Advani, Senior Leader, BJP “I would give him sanyam ki salaah (advice on patience)” – Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs “I find there’s no chaploosi (sycophancy) in him. Our doors are open 24/7 to him” – Lalu Prasad Yadav, Leader, RJD “If the Bihari Babu is hurt, the whole of Bihar is hurt” – Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar “If we had Shatrusaab on our side, we wouldn’t need anybody else on our team” – Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan About the Author Renowned columnist, critic and author Bharathi S Pradhan has written both fiction and non-fiction. Mr Bidi – the life story of an industrialist; Heartfelt: The inspirational story of Medha Jalota; Colas, Cars & Communal Harmony on secularism and Valentine Lover, an adult novel, are some of her well-received books. She scripted a documentary on Mughal-e-Azam and ideated for Balaji Telefilms. She has been Chairperson, National Awards (for best writing on cinema), and has been on the jury of diverse awards committees. She was also on the jury of the Indian Panorama of IFFI 2015. Bharathi has edited a variety of magazines and contributed to several publications that include Reader’s Digest, Mid-day, Savvy, Femina and Movie. She continues to be a Sunday columnist with The Telegraph. She lives in Mumbai with Sanjaya, her Chartered Accountant husband and Siddhesh, her son who is currently studying Law. Talking Points - The authorised biography of Shatrughan Sinha - 7 years, 37 interviews and over 200 hours of taped conversations - Photographs from the Sinha family’s private archives

30 review for Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cerebral Badshah

    This was a good read because it really felt like an honest biography. Particularly interesting are the portions depicting his personal life and friends. Interesting tidbits about Reena Roy, Amithabh Bacchan, Subhash Ghai etc.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I wouldn't classify this as a must read, but it's interesting to read as a Bollywood fan who grew up watching Shatrugan Sinha movies and hearing about his relationships and scandals. While the pages filled with politics were not interesting to me (which consisted of a good 30% of the book), the parts about his relationships with Reena Roy, Amitabh Bachchan, and Subhash Ghai were interesting ....if not disgustingly open and mildly rude). I'm not sure the book makes SS seem all that likable. Even I wouldn't classify this as a must read, but it's interesting to read as a Bollywood fan who grew up watching Shatrugan Sinha movies and hearing about his relationships and scandals. While the pages filled with politics were not interesting to me (which consisted of a good 30% of the book), the parts about his relationships with Reena Roy, Amitabh Bachchan, and Subhash Ghai were interesting ....if not disgustingly open and mildly rude). I'm not sure the book makes SS seem all that likable. Even reading his thoughts on his brothers makes the reader feel odd.....It was nice to read Amitabh's thoughts on SS after reading SS's thoughts on AB.....it did show who the more forgiving personality is. This book definitely presents SS as a bigger star than he actually was and you almost feel that those speaking about him must've been taken care of well by SS to tout him as big a star as Amitabh (definitely not). Nonetheless, it was interesting!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sanjeev

    Disappointing. The book makes you feel good about the man. But it bores you. It is more of an unfiltered rendition of four decades of his life. The publicity of the book centred around Shotgun poking Amitabh Bachchan. Yes, that is very much there, and it is authenticated by Salim Khan. But that's about all. Way too much print is spent on the differences with his brothers. Frankly, who's interested? Disappointing. The book makes you feel good about the man. But it bores you. It is more of an unfiltered rendition of four decades of his life. The publicity of the book centred around Shotgun poking Amitabh Bachchan. Yes, that is very much there, and it is authenticated by Salim Khan. But that's about all. Way too much print is spent on the differences with his brothers. Frankly, who's interested?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Neela

    Very well written biography of one of the well known Bollywood celebrities. Bharathi S. Pradhan has done a marvelous job of not just chronicling his illustrious career in films and politics but also his humane nature that few of us know about. A must read for Bollywood fans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Aravind

    An interesting and honest narration of incidents in his life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nilesh Kulkarni

    Good. Enjoyable read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha Goyal

    Detailed review here http://www.anureviews.com/anything-kh... Detailed review here http://www.anureviews.com/anything-kh...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kailas Ramachandran

    An authorised bio of one of the stylish Bollywood star ever.He was the one that Chiranjeevi and Rajnikanth idolised and copied.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Viney Mittal

    An interesting reading giving an insight to the personality of SS..

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Most biographies in India are just plain, bland and go on to praise the subject. Anything But Khamosh does that to an extent, but it also dwells into shortcomings and flaws of the subject. The most interesting part of biography is his childhood and college part, though not much is written about his FTII days. There is an interesting chapter on friendships and how equation changes with hit a flop. When it comes to his work, a minuscule part is dedicated and much of it is devoted to his rivalry wi Most biographies in India are just plain, bland and go on to praise the subject. Anything But Khamosh does that to an extent, but it also dwells into shortcomings and flaws of the subject. The most interesting part of biography is his childhood and college part, though not much is written about his FTII days. There is an interesting chapter on friendships and how equation changes with hit a flop. When it comes to his work, a minuscule part is dedicated and much of it is devoted to his rivalry with co-star Amitabh Bachchan, which does not do justice his career. There is a section dedicated to politics, but we do not get to know why he chooses to join BJP, what was the reason which attracted him to the right wing party when people vouch for him for secular credentials. The last chapter where he talks about his children their success and failures is an interesting, as Bollywood stars do not criticise their children. Overall an enjoyable read for Bollywood fans.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ram Mohan Jakkam

  12. 5 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Bhano Mal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amina Hussain

  16. 5 out of 5

    Akshay Pundir

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sanguinius

  18. 5 out of 5

    Manas

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amal Rakeshi

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharan Sanjeev

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anukriti Pandey

  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Tanuj Jain

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashutosh Kumar

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Nagesh

  28. 5 out of 5

    kamal jain

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sanjay Manchanda

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gunjan Shrivastava

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